ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands — The European Syriac Union (ESU), The Netherlands Branch, organized a Sayfo Genocide remembrance at Saint Peter and Paul Church in Enschede in cooperation with the Saint George Club and Dayrik Club in the Netherlands.
The event was held after a Divine Liturgy which was attended by four priests and Khouroyo Bulos Aqman who performed a prayer for the souls of martyrs.
The event began with a minute of silence for the souls of martyrs. Several speeches were delivered, including one by ESU official Yilmaz Argun in which he spoke about the necessity of holding such events and their importance for the preservation of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) national identity.
Argun stated that the Sayfo Genocide should not be forgotten and that the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people should keep advocating for its international recognition.
A speech was delivered on behalf of the Saint George Club by Fima Mersho who spoke about the necessity of national unity for the Sayfo issue.
Dana Ablahad, speaking on behalf of the Dayrik Club, also spoke about the necessity of holding Sayfo remembrance events and reminding the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people of this issue.
Samir Abdel-Ahad, who read a speech on behalf of the Saint Peter and Paul Church, stated that they are pleased to sponsor the Sayfo remembrance in cooperation with the other participating institutions.
During the event, Syriac poets Saeed Lahdo and Suleiman Baqer recited special poems, while Father Zakai Dag performed a hymn for the souls of martyrs.
The event was concluded with a set of hymns by the Saint Peter and Paul Choir.